About

Theo Mackey Pollack

My blog is covers real estate, with a focus on customs and rules that shape development. I’m especially interested in how the patterns of traditional European urbanism have shaped the neighborhoods of American towns and cities.

I’m also a devoted YIMBY. I got into this cause because I saw people being displaced from their long-term neighborhoods across the New York & New Jersey region in the late 1990s and early 2000s — and nobody with a voice seemed to be noticing. Since then, the soaring cost of housing in growing regions has become the most glossed-over factor among the myriad economic challenges facing Millennials.

A rediscovery of traditional urbanism could be a part of the solution. Growing neighborhoods are responsive to the needs of real people. The forms of traditional urbanism can shape beautiful, sustainable growth.

I have a dual degree in law and urban planning. I now work on post-Hurricane Sandy recovery for NYC, write, and consult. In the past, I’ve been a senior research associate at the Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research and Baruch College’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute. I’ve also done real estate market research for the Regional Plan Association in Princeton. I write frequently for New Urbs, a Driehaus-sponsored feature at The American Conservative. I’ve also written for the Newman Institute’s white papers series, the Metro New York TOD Newsletter, and Weird NJ magazine — and my photos have appeared on CNN.

I can be reached by email at theo@theopollack.com.